The South Dakota Teacher of the Year will be announced during a ceremony Thursday in Oacoma.
The winner will be selected from five finalists who have already been chosen to represent different regions of the state because of their outstanding work.
The finalists for the award are Kim Davidson from the Rosholt School District; Heidi Holforty from the Huron School District; Sarah Lutz from Stanley County School District, Shelly Mikkelson from the Belle Fourche School District; and Kaye Wickard of the Ipswich Public School District.
The winner in South Dakota will be in the running for the National Teacher of the Year, which will be announced during a ceremony in Washington in April.
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